As I was going through some new fabrics I had recently purchased from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and deciding what to make with them, I realized it had been too long since I’d sewn any t shirts for my girls, and that they needed to be at the top of my list. So I of course turned to my favorite girl’s dolman top pattern, our very own Skipper Top Pattern!
Lucky for me, my girls can wear the same size in most clothes these days, so sewing for them is like a bonus, cause I can make double the items and they both get to wear them. Deciding who gets to wear what is what gets tricky sometimes though ;).
As I mentioned, I purchased both of these fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, which is my favorite place to get my knits (and wovens too!) from. They always have the most beautiful floral prints, and I basically live in my favorite hoodie from their french terry.
Both fabrics for these girls dolman tops are jersey knit, and were a perfect addition to their spring and summer wardrobe.
You can find the charcoal hearts jersey here…
And the floral jersey was a “fabric of the week” that they brought back for a limited time, so it’s unfortunately no longer available. But I bought enough of it for a few projects, so you’ll be seeing more of it soon.
One reason why the Skipper Top is always a go to girl’s dolman top pattern for me is that it’s super fast to sew up. I batch cut 7 knit clothing items one Saturday afternoon after being in a sewing funk for a couple months. I thought if I did all the dirty work one day that I’d be motivated to get the sewing part done the next week, and I was right! It was so nice to get a pile of things sewn up, and I have lots more to share coming up from that week!
Not having to set in sleeves saves a ton of time thanks to the dolman style, and while the banded version is extra fast, the hemmed version is still a breeze to whip up too. I love to use either Wondertape or HeatnBond SoftStretch (affiliate links) for hemming all of my knits, and it helps keep the hems nice a crisp, and more professional looking once sewn.
My girls love the contrast pockets that the pattern comes with, and it’s always fun to let them pick their fabrics for it (with a little guidance).
It’s nice to be able to make two different looking tops from the same pattern with just the simple addition of the bands on the neck, arms, and hem.
This girl’s dolman top pattern includes sizes 6m-10years, and it’s crazy that when I designed the pattern, Lola was sooo tiny, and she’s still wearing Skipper Tops all these years later (joined by her little sister!). One of the best surprises about being a sewing blogger is all of the photos I have of my kids over the years.
For fun, I went back to the same location, Alki Beach here in Seattle, where I did the photo shoot for the pattern release with Lola and her cousin Olivia (who’s now 15 and definitely outgrown the pattern sizes, haha). It’s one of our favorite local places and I’ll take any excuse to hang out there.
To get started making your own girl’s dolman tops, you can find the Skipper Top Pattern here in our shop!